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of superstorm sandy hich devastated the east coast . many are still recovering. -- recovering from that tragic storm. and it certainly was a major force to be reckoned with. that force of nature was at one point nearly 1,000 miles wide over the ocean front and when it landed in southern jersey, t was nearly 900 miles wide. impacted so many states, 24 states in number. felt the impact of that superstorm. it was devastation to property. it was devastation to lives. 162 people in the united states lost their lives. and the fact that the storm surged to some record proportions reminds us of the impact of climate change. now as a member of the new york legation in this house, my area received some mild impact from that superstorm, but ironically the year before, hurricane irene and lee impacted the upstate region of new york and again devastated our area with loss of life, certainly of valuable farmland that was eroded and the damage to communities and businesses and farm piss across the upstate region. these are issues that are brought to mind this evening as we commemorate that one-year anniversa
the fbi placed its own undercover agents inside the occupied sandy relief efforts. that has a real potential to chill people's political activity, people who may want to go out and participate in occupied sandy relief efforts or the original occupied efforts. it may be chilled if people think their participation may be noted and that may have repercussions down the road. this is a good audience to convey that point. there are young people who might want jobs that rants or with the state department who might have second thoughts -- you might want jobs at rand or with the state department who might have second thoughts. to go back to the oversight, there is a legal issue with oversight by the courts, particularly surveillance. there is a doctrine that says you cannot challenge a program unless you can prove you have been harmed by it and your objective reaction to the existence of the program is not enough. you have to prove you have been targeted. nobody can prove they have been targeted by secret surveillance programs. the aclu has brought the challenge of warrantless surveillance
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